Clark's 28 points lead No. 23 Iowa women past Northwestern

Fri, Jan 28, 2022

Clark's 28 points lead No. 23 Iowa women past Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Caitlin Clark had 28 points and a clutch 3-pointer, Monika Czinano added 24 points with a season-high 16 rebounds, and No. 23 Iowa defeated Northwestern 72-67 in overtime on Friday night.

Clark, the nation's leader in scoring (25.4 ppg) and assists (8.2 apg), hit a 3-pointer with 1:06 left in overtime to give the Hawkeyes a 66-64 lead. Iowa finished off the win with six free throws down the stretch, four by Clark and two by Czinano.

Still, a 3-pointer by Melannie Daley drew Northwestern within 70-67 with four seconds remaining before Clark finished it off with her final two free throws. She was 9-for-9 from the line and Czinano was 6-for-6.

Veronica Burton led Northwestern with 19 points and seven assists. Laya Hartman scored a career-high 14 points and Daley added 13 off the bench.

Burton made two 3-pointers and Hartman hit a third as the Wildcats scored 13 points in the first three-plus minutes of the second half to lead 44-32. After Northwestern's lead reached 46-34, Iowa scored the final seven points of the quarter to close within 46-41.

Iowa took its first lead of the game at 53-50 when Clark completed a three-point play with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter. It was a jumper by Daley that tied the game with 33 seconds left in regulation, sending the game to overtime.

  • Clark had five assists, 11 rebounds and 11 of Iowa's 25 turnovers, and Czinano secured her second career double-double.

    Northwestern led 19-14 before Clark, who opened the game 1 for 5 from the field, hit a 3-pointer and added a three-point play to get the Hawkeyes going on offense. The teams exchanged baskets the remainder of the half and Northwestern led 31-28 at halftime.

    Northwestern (11-8, 3-5 Big Ten) had won the last three games in the series, including a 77-66 victory on Jan. 6. Prior to that, Iowa had taken 14 of the last 15 from the Wildcats.

    The win keeps Iowa (14-4, 8-1) on the heels of No. 6 Indiana (6-0) and No. 8 Michigan (9-1), who play in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Monday. Iowa hosts Ohio State on Monday.


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